Event Location: Under a tent, in the backyard at my grandparents' home. (Want to talk about childhood memories? This backyard and I go back, way back.)
Guest List: A various assortment of friends and family.
Decor: The big tissue paper flower - aren't these a standard staple of any DIY party these days?
Very faux milk glass vases, from the genius P.S. - I made this with very faux flowers inspired by junk I had that needed a new life (a broken burlap purse, wine cork, scraps of Kraft paper, yarn), The Ikea TEKLA dish towel was folded and pressed to make a lovely little napkin.
Menu: Grandma's Christmas Punch (no recipe, Grandma just throws some clear soda pop in a punch bowl with pink sorbet, and we typically only have this at Christmastime)
Tortilla chip cups with a dollop of Mrs. Renfro's mango salsa for a starter.
Apricot Glazed Pulled Pork Tacos (originally from Real Simple Magazine-minus the cilantro because my mom does not care for cilantro. Had I made it for anyone else there would be cilantro, lots of it!)
Watermelon Salad with Honey Balsamic Dressing and Gorgonzola Cheese. ( I can't find the original source for this recipe, but essentially it consists of salad greens tossed with a reduction of 1/3 C balsamic vinager and 1 TBS honey, I prefer goat cheese on it, but apparently Owens in Warsaw, IN does not believe in carrying goat cheese, and cubed watermelon - tossed on at the very last minute because nobody likes watery salad! Nobody.)
This sad looking 'ombre' cake. It did not look quite as sad pre-cut. As this was my first attempt at an ombre cake and it was made at 1 a.m., I am not going to beat myself up over it. The idea is to have one cup of white cake batter for each layer and add a bit more coloring to each layer. This cake barely looks ombre, but tasted mighty sweet!
Also, my brother's girlfriend brought a sweet treat that had a graham cracker base, pineapple, cream cheese, whipped cream, and I'm sure some other stuff in it.
Favors: On principal, I am against favors at an adult party UNLESS they are edible! I packaged these little dress cookies for our guests.